Planning Board

CWMP Public Information Meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5pm

Please click on the letter at right or below to read a letter from Chairperson Ewell Hopkins

Letter from Ewell Hopkins

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EVENT: Thursday, Oct. 24, 4-5pm

green-waste-513609_1280The Martha’s Vineyard Commission and the MV Food Waste Initiative will host Kari Purcell of MassDEP on Thursday, October 24 from 4:00-5:00 at the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, 33 New York Ave, Oak Bluffs.

Kari Purcell, the Cape and Island’s Municipal Assistance Coordinator with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will provide an overview of the state of recycling and composting on the Island and specific grant programs municipalities, nonprofits and some private enterprises can take advantage of. 

Tisbury, OB and MV Refuse District are exploring what composting operations might look like in their jurisdictions and the grants highly favor collaboration. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about potential shared opportunities across the Island.

Email Eunice Youmans at or call Eunice at 508-221-4847

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Housing Feasibility Study - September 2019

Save the Date!

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Eversource: see sidebar

Eversource Site Pre-Development

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Eversource Site Post-Development

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Kennebec Farm Stand

Read about plans to convert this 3-bay garage to a Farm Stand at 28 Kennebec Avenue. They will sell local produce and products from Vineyard farms and vendors. This project received site plan approval from the Planning Board on June 13, 2019.
Kennebec design

Kennebec side view

SurveyBus, bikes, cars

The Martha's Vineyard Commission is updating its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for 2020-2040, which identifies issues, goals and options for all major modes of transportation on the Island, and allows Island towns to access state and federal transportation funding.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the MVC's Long-Range Transportation Plan Survey at the link below. A first draft of the plan will be released for public comment on July 1. 

Goodale's Pit (photo: David R. Foster)

Goodales Pit

Goodales Construction Company

MA Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Report

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EVERSOURCE in Oak Bluffs

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Click here to read MV Times story

Eversource proposes to construct and operate an
Energy Storage System (ESS) totaling 14.7 megawatts at the company's Oak Bluffs Service Center located at 208 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.

Ratified by the Planning Board on April 25, 2019

Read Adopted Master Plan

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After a year+ process, including surveys and numerous Listening Sessions to involve the citizens of Oak Bluffs, the Master Plan Update Committee voted to endorse a third and final draft on March 25, 2019. The Planning Board voted unanimously to ratify it on April 25, 2019.

Read the Summary of Public Comment and Feedback

Watch the Public Forum held on March 6, 2019



Ewell Hopkins, Chairperson
Term Expires: 2023

Erik Albert, Vice Chair
Term Expires: 2021

Mark Crossland
Term Expires: April 2022

Bill Cleary
Term Expires: 2023

JoJo Lambert
Term Expires: 2020

Powers and Duties

  • Prepare a comprehensive/master plan (MGL c 41 §81D)
  • Propose, review, hold hearings and make recommendations on zoning bylaw/ordinance changes (text and map)
  • Review and act on subdivisions - preliminary and definitive plans (MGL c. 41, § 81K-81GG)
  • Review and sign Approval Not Required (ANR) plans
  • May be a Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA)
  • Review and act on Site Plan Reviews/Approvals
  • May hire and supervise planner
  • Review and make recommendations to the ZBA (Special permits, comprehensive permits.)
  • Review and act on Scenic Road changes
  • Review and act on Repetitive Petitions
  • Initiate planning projects/plans
  • Review requests to remove property from MGL c. 61
  • May review and recommend capital improvements
  • Other duties as authorized by bylaw, charter

Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road Corridor Planning Initiative

Oak Bluffs is a cherished place, its southern region being the heart of Martha's Vineyard's three down-island towns, if not the entire Island community. This region, a mixture of public & non-profit services, and residential & commercial land uses faces strong development pressures. Few people are aware of the vast amounts of undeveloped land and the interests of current landowners to repurpose their existing developed parcels.

It is the goal of the Oak Bluffs Planning Board to bring an improved process of visioning and oversight to this critical segment of our town.

We invite you to review the recently adopted report of existing land uses and established regulations. This baseline of planning will serve to inform all future efforts in this segment of town. As defined in this report, for planning purposes, this segment of Oak Bluffs will be referred to as The Edgartown- Vineyard Haven Road Corridor.

Land Use and Regulations Report (PDF)


Downtown Streetscape 

Thank you for participating in the Streetscape public forums.  Below is the presentation from the final forum along with previous presentations and plans.

Feb 15 Phase Two Final Public Forum Presentation
Oct 26 Phase Two Public Forum Presentation 
Phase Two Plans
Streetscape Master Plan 

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